What Is Your Comfort Zone?

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” is a quote by Neale Donald Walsch and was recently given to me by one of my friends as we started our Coastal Journey.   Most of us live each day in our “Comfort Zone”.   Steve and I were no different. We had a comfortable, but somewhat predictable life.   We changed things up with travel and friends, but for the most part we were “safe”. When we looked at our retirement, was being safe what we wanted – predictability, routine?  Life with a sameness.  That did not seem like either of us.  What we have seen that happens to people as they age is that there world becomes smaller and smaller and their comfort zone shrinks.

We took 5 months to try out boat living before departing on our long journey.   We had spent a lot of time on the water, but living in a small space  is certainly an adjustment. Simple tasks that were easy at home now required a “process” as I like to say. Cooking takes preparation and time.   To give you an example, my pots and pans are very condensed into an ottoman.   So many things are stored in furniture under the cushions or even under the floor boards.   We happen to have a lot of storage space, but it is not always easily accessible.  The bar and the blender are always worth the struggle though!

The first 2 months were the hardest as we put things on the boat and then put them back in the storage unit. Plus, we never went anywhere so it felt like Tiny Houses!   Making an oddly shaped bed with flat sheets was one task that can bring anyone to exhaustion.   After 6 weeks I folded in and ended up ordering customized bottom sheets and having the bedspreads cut down.  Heaven!  We had many everyday tasks that we were out of our Comfort Zone that we had to adapt to.

So we have left our Comfort Zone to experience new places, new people, ways of doing things, new horizons and new adventures.   We are looking to expand our Comfort Zone and that quote is so appropriate for us.   Life is just beginning on Gypsies Palace!

As I write this we have completed Day 3 of our Coastal Journey. We are making it a real party by getting together with friends throughout the state of Florida along the east coast.   Steve and I thought about how we felt when we left our neighbor’s dock and Comfort Zone: Excited, Apprehensive, Anxious, Sad, Relieved, Relaxed and Happy to be on our way.

Here is a close up of our Loopers Burgee (flag) that will identify us to other Loopers as we go along.  We will join other Loopers in New Bern, NC at the end of the month.  I love that it shows the route.   We are excited to be on our way!

Flag that boaters fly to indicate they are doing the Loop.

 

12 thoughts on “What Is Your Comfort Zone?

  • April 3, 2017 at 11:20 pm
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    I will be one of your faithful readers looking in on your location several times a week. I see you have made your way up the inter costal each day so far, maybe you or Steve will give us an idea of how many hours you run each day and what you see along the way? Randy B

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    • April 4, 2017 at 2:46 am
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      Our ideal day is to travel 50 miles at 10 mph. Steve is not using to going this slow because most of his water time has been as a delivery captain where he would go 10 hours a day at 25 – 30 mph. But, after 3 days is finding that “trawler speed” is relaxing. We find that getting in between 2:00 – 3:00 allows us to get a few things done. We have made frequent trips up and down the ICW in FL so we probably don’t find too much of it unique, but soon that will all change.

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      • April 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm
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        Thanks for the photos on Facebook today (Wednesday) I look forward to more photo posts.

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  • April 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    Thanks for sharing. Love the blog and can’t wait to hear more about your adventure.
    Stay safe and have fun. So jealous!

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  • April 5, 2017 at 4:59 pm
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    Hi we live in barrie ontario canada .planing to start the loop aug. 1st thanks for posting your adventure.This will be a big change for us,we may see you on the way.

    John & Kara Beaubien
    on the Crow’s Nest

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    • April 5, 2017 at 11:04 pm
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      This is so exciting to have you follow us! Today on Day 5 we met a Platinum Looper and yesterday met our 1st Looper in progress! We are on our way to New Bern, NC for the April rendezvous. Wouldn’t it be fun to meet up with you along the way! I am from Port Huron, MI and after we go there we will head to Georgian Bay in late July.

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  • April 9, 2017 at 6:32 pm
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    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Our mutual friend, Rose Bickford told me about you and your blog. My husband, Joe and I are planning to start the loop next spring. We are trying to sale our home now. We have purchased a 40′ Meridian motor yacht for the loop and now is a a marina at Port Canaveral. Happy sails and have fun.

    Alice Hedges

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    • April 9, 2017 at 8:39 pm
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      Good for you. You will accomplish a lot in that last year, but it is never enough! Pick a date and go with it. Steve is putting rub rails on the boat while in Jacksonville so he project list never ends. You will be glad that you don’t keep the house and worry. But, it will be an exhausting process. That boat should work great for you for the Loop. We didn’t buy ours with looping in mind, but are doing it with it anyway.

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  • April 15, 2017 at 2:17 am
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    Following your trip from Birmingham and Destin.

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